Today's verses are John 4:10-12: "Jesus answered her, 'If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.' The woman said to him, 'Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.'" My child, most often I reveal myself in process, in slow progression to people. This is what I was doing to this Samaritan woman.
First, I asked her for a drink to quench the thirst of my parched mouth. She was amazed that I would speak to her a woman (considered second class citizens) from Samaria (a despised people group of the Jews). But that's how I always initiate a relationship with people. I go to the broken, the despised, the desperate, those who need a Savior, and begin a conversation with them, showing my grace and love.
Next, I point to who I am. Eventually, everyone must answer the question of who I am. I claimed to be the God in human flesh. Either I'm crazy, lying or am the truth. Everyone, everywhere, must deal with this claim.
Then I move people toward my free gift, offered through me, from my Father. It's the gift of the forgiveness of your sins, eternal life and the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence. That's the gift of living water to which I was referring here. There's a double entendre in my meaning. Every body needs living water to live physically. Every soul needs living water to live spiritually.
And, as I said to the woman, all anyone has to do is ask me for this gift. If you ask, you'll receive. If you seek, you will find. If you knock, the door will be open. This gift is for all who ask.
The woman did not immediately understand what I was saying. She didn't see me possessing a bucket. She couldn't understand how I could draw water from a deep well, one well over one hundred feet (the depth of Jacob's well today). She also thought me a bit audacious, thinking I was claiming to be greater than Jacob and his sons, as they drew water from this well to give to their livestock, without a bucket.
Interestingly, the woman, as did the Samaritans, saw herself and her people as descendants of the Jewish patriarch, Jacob. But she hadn't yet grasped the reality that I am greater than Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.
But she is in the process of coming to this reality. Soon, very soon, she will realize who I am. Soon she will discover my enormous forgiveness and grace that covers all sin. Soon she will discover the reality of my eternal and internal living water that will never allow her soul to become thirsty again. Soon she will ask me into her life, to dwell in her soul forever, to be her living water.
What about you? Do you know who I am? Do you know my gift of grace to you? Do you know my living presence inside you, a well of grace, mercy and kindness that quenches all the deepest longings of your heart and soul? Have you asked me to enter your life, to indwell your soul, to the be source of all your eternal, living water?
If so, and I am who I claim to be, as you know...
You can trust me today.